[Blueboard] Invitation to Doreen Gamboa Fernandez students and colleagues
vsison at ateneo.edu
Fri Apr 15 17:08:16 PHT 2005
The Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Endowed Fund for Liberal Arts
Ateneo de Manila University
Established: 28 October 2001
67th birthday of Dr. Fernandez
15 April 2005
Dear Former Students and Colleagues of Dr. Doreen Gamboa Fernandez,
I was a student of Doreen in 1979, my freshman year in the Ateneo. I was
lucky to have her as my homeroom and English teacher. I was young,
idealistic, provincial and very impressionable. She guided me towards
my writing style and she helped me and my classmates discover our unique
"voice". I might not be the most creative writer but I know I am not the
worst. She opened our senses to Philippine history, literature, culture,
food, music, theatre. Doreen proved to be more than just a teacher,
eventually she became mentor, friend, and even inspiration. I know there
are many others among you whose lives Doreen touched in similar ways. I
write to ask for your help in keeping both her legacy and the
University's tradition of Liberal Arts alive in the Loyola Campus.
Some of you may already know that The Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Endowed
Fund for the Liberal Arts was launched on October 28, 2001. The fund was
envisioned to support two Professorial Chairs for faculty members doing
work in Liberal Arts areas very close to Doreen's heart: Food writing,
Philippine Theater, Creative Writing, Food anthropology, Journalism -
activities that enrich the liberal arts environment of the University.
Although total contributions to the fund had not yet reached its target
of P3.0 Million, last year the University went on ahead to award the
first two Chair recipients. Dr. Ricardo G. Abad, Theater Arts
Coordinator of the Fine Arts Program of the School of Humanities and
Artistic Director of Tanghalang Ateneo, and Dr. Violet B. Valdez,
Chairperson of the Communication Department and Executive Director of
the Konrad Adenauer Center for Journalism were awarded the chairs for
the School Year 2004 - 2005.
To date, contributions have amounted to a total of only Php 1,776,302.
Together with the net earnings of the fund of Php 266,963, the amount
totals just Php 2.0 Million so far. The Doreen Fernandez Fund still
needs another Php 1.0 Million to be fully funded.
It is for this reason we are reaching out to you, her former students,
to help us reach that goal before July this year, when a new set of
awardees will be selected.
All in all, there are 1,705 of us former students of Doreen from 219
classes through the school years 1972-73 to 2001-02. If all of us give
as little as Php 586.00 each, we will easily reach our Php 1.0 Million
Please write out your check to Ateneo de Manila University - DGFernandez
Fund. For those of us with corporations, corporate donations are tax
You may deposit your donation to any Banco de Oro branch. Please see
details below. We ask that you fax your deposit slips to the Ateneo
Office of University Development and Alumni Relations, fax no. 426-6080
and note your name and contact numbers with the amount you deposited so
that we will be able to send you an official receipt and keep track of
the deposits in the fund.
Banco de Oro, Katipunan Branch
Savings Acct. No. 207-0001128
Account name: Ateneo de Manila University
Please let us also know where we can reach you so that we may inform you
of upcoming events to celebrate the legacy of this wonderful woman who
walked into our lives - Doreen Gamboa Fernandez.
For questions or other information please email me or call the Ateneo
Alumni Relations Office, telephone 426-6001 locals 4083, 4085, 4087,
4091 for Jeng Manglallan, Ria Sison, Marijo Mendoza, and Letty Benavidez.
Bukay Urra Lagman
Head, En 11A Class '79 Committee
Fund Champion, The Doreen Gamboa Fernandez Endowed Fund for
Email: Ma Teresa Urra <bukayurra at yahoo.com>
Through the Office of University Development
and Alumni Relations, DAC Unit
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